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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
~Maya Angelou


Welcome to Samuel H.  Johnson SSSP Foundation website, dedicated to help deserving students further their college education.


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The Samuel H. Johnson Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) Foundation Inc. assists deserving students in the Southeast currently needing financial assistance to complete their under graduate education.

Samuel H. Johnson was a consummate educator.  Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in  1916, he dedicated his life to helping underprivileged college bound students attain educational enrichment and financial support needed to attend four-year colleges. Mr. Johnson founded the Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP), a six-week academic enrichment program held first at Boggs Academy, Keysville, Georgia in 1961. The program was later transferred to Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee. Over 500 youth participated in the program from 1961 to 1968 as 10th or 11th graders and later matriculated in colleges throughout the country.  SSSP was the forerunner to the federally funded Upward Bound Program which started in the summer of 1965

Currently scholarships are awarded to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Applicants are reviewed with a preference for students with higher grade point averages.  Scholarship recipients are referred to us through the Mellon-Mayes Foundation.

Calendar of Events: Follow our activities by visiting our Calendar of Events page.
Endowment Fund: Samuel H. Johnson Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) Foundation, Inc. has launched a campaign to establish a $500,000 scholarship endowment fund by the year 2018.  Click on our Donation page for more details.

SSSP History: Read our illustrious history on the SSSP History page and discover how determined we were in organizing the Foundation. Gotta' know your history!

Newsletters: Keep track of all the SSSP news both current and past by visiting our Newsletters page.
Contact Us: Need to ask a question or send us a message? Go to our Contact Us page.
Current SSSP Members
SSSP Class of 1962